A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Riddle me this batman! What do you get when you pare to of the greatest talents at the time of the late seventies, and have them work on a completely new IP to pay tribute to the classics that they grew up with? You'd get what many have regarded as the greatest adventure movie of all time, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"!
"But, you just answered the riddle for yourself."........wait, I did?.....SHIT!! OKAY! RESTART REVIEW! *Clears throat* Riddle me this Batma! "GET ON WITH IT!"
......fine then. *grumbles* You guys are no fun.
But you know what is fun? The "Indian Jones" Movies! Now unlike some of the other Spielberg movies, of course I've seen these! I mean, who HASN'T…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
“It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.”
So I’m continuing to write these short reviews for some of my favorite films which I’ve never had a chance to comment on. It’s about time I give Steven Spielberg some love for one of the earliest films I have the memory of seeing. I don’t know how old I was when I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, but if my memory isn’t playing a trick on me I have to say this is the first movie I actually fell in love with (perhaps it has to do with the fact that it was released on my birth year). Raiders, First Blood, The Goonies, Romancing the Stone, Back to the…
My favourite film of all time.
People thought David Cronenberg was hardcore for blowing up heads in Scanners, meanwhile Steven Spielberg was doing it in a PG movie.
The definitive "movie for any occasion." Thanksgiving? Birthday? Funeral? Hanging out? Sick at home? In the mood for Harrison Ford right around his prime hunkiness? I don't think I'm ever not in the mood for this tbh.
In which an unbecomingly handsome archeologist reconciles his appreciation for material and romantic keepsakes.
Y'know, one of those romantic noir mystery war horror buddy comedies, just a biblical epic espionage suspense thriller looney tunes fantasy action adventure kind of thing. Too simplistic for my tastes.
And to think, this was Spielberg being careful not to get too ambitious again after 1941 flopped. And on half the budget.
P.S. Please await my book-length study on the significance of Sallah's singing songs from HMS Pinafore when he is happy
P.P.S. I love Karen Allen. Marion Ravenwood is a 3-dimensional, powerful, and compelling heroine and a treasure (pun intended, when the Nazis retake the ark on the ship she is fussed over more than it is)
P.P.P.S. Next time you watch this pay close attention to Belloq's character arc and motivations, it is all delightfully wonky
Great, influential action film. Spielberg does a great job. This and E.T. are tied at first for best Spielberg film in my opinion. Great performances, especially Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. I grew up loving this, and I still do upon rewatch.
DO DO DO DOO. DO DO DOOOO. DO DO DO DOOOOO. DO DO DO DO DOO.
Movie is actually pretty stupid. But you just can't hate it.
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…
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